Directed by Shoja Azari.
With Mohammed Ghaffari, Oz Phillips, Rick Poli.
US/Morocco, 2002, black & white, 85 min.

Iranian-American multimedia artist Shoja Azari adapts three Kafka stories (The Married Couple, In the Penal Colony, A Fratricide) in his first feature film. Although shot in stark black and white, the film succeeds in conveying Kafka's often twisted sense of humor. Azari also makes the unconventional choice to recast the same actors in all three stories, blurring the boundaries between each segment's distinct cinematic space. In the face of such downbeat events as salesmen probing a man on his deathbed, Azari's sly wit overcomes the potentially devastating impact of these provocative images.

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